If you are still using a browser that does not show images, 90% of the value of my site is lost on you, and what's left will be horrible to look at, and even some of the text information will be unusable (footnotes, for example). The same goes for many other interesting sites. Do yourself a favor and get an image-capable browser. It doesn't have to be a fancy one.
Is your computer set up for graphics? If this spectrum appears as a few blocks of colour and not a smooth transition from red to red, then you need to configure your computer for true color images. If you are a non-Macintosh user, you may need a hardware upgrade, but it's worth it: you'll be surprised how much better the Web looks.
While I'm at it, is your monitor set to the correct brightness? If this greyscale does not show 10 distinct shades, then you need to adjust your screen brightness. Quite often screens are set at too low a level for the full image range to be displayed.
[ A warm thank-you to Ray Farrar — whose photographic website, Images of England, now part of Pictures of England.com, a few years ago opened with this helpful advice — for permission to reproduce it here along with his two test strips. ]
If you see a mess on the screen, where tables don't line up, text appears too large or scrambled, etc. —
you are either using a browser that does not read stylesheets, or you've disabled stylesheets in one that does. Since stylesheets are now the recommended W3C formatting scheme, do yourself a favor and get a stylesheet-enabled browser.
Even if things appear OK, if you don't have stylesheets enabled, you're missing a lot of simple formatting that I use to convey information on this site. For example, green text like this indicates foreign words, etc.
About one page in four on this site (notably in Smith's Dictionary, Platner & Ashby's Topography of Rome, and Ptolemy's Geography) include passages in Greek text, and occasionally Hebrew, Russian, or Etruscan. All such text is rendered in Unicode on this site. If you're seeing the next line as Greek, you're fine:
μὴ ταρασσέσθω ὑμῶν ἡ καρδία μηδὲ δειλιάτω
If, however, the characters display as boxes, blank space, question marks or error characters, your browser cannot read Unicode, or it has been disabled from doing so, or you may not have a polytonic Greek font. Do yourself a favor and — almost all common new browsers read Unicode — get a standard browser and check your settings; and check that you have a font that includes the polytonic Greek character set: one that is very commonly available is Lucida Grande, but there are many others.
Similarly, if you're not seeing the next line as Etruscan,
you need a font that includes the old Italic character set. While much less common, such fonts do exist; the one I use is Cardo, available for free download from Fonts for Scholars.
Finally, a number of pages onsite include Roman arithmetical symbols (like the denarius-sign 𐆖), text in Egyptian hieroglyphics, etc. Pending the availability of good Unicode fonts, these are rendered as images: again, if you have images turned off, you won't be able to read them.
JAVA is an abomination — or more strictly speaking, has become an abomination thanks to Microsoft — and you will find none on my site.
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Page updated: 6 Feb 06